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Andy Knott works in political theory, with a specific interest in political subjects, especially individualism and the people of populism, as well as debates across contemporary democratic theory.

Current research is focused on populism, with an interest in drawing on theoretical, historical and contemporary accounts of this complex political phenomenon. Recent projects have involved: the thorny question of defining populism; analysing populism's beginnings; left-wing populism; and, populism and political subjects.

Andy is also working on a longer-term historical project on individualism, drawing in Hobbes, Locke, Defoe and Swift, Smith, Bentham, Mill, Hobhouse, Hayek and other neoliberals.

Research interests also include Laclau, Mouffe, discourse theory, radical democracy, and their roots in the likes of Machiavelli and Gramsci.

Supervisory Interests

I'm interested in projects grappling with populism considered broadly, including contemporary, empirical, theoretical and historical accounts. Alongside tackling the notion of the people, my interest in political subjects include the individual, the multitude, the ochlos, and so on.


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  • Representation and Political Space in Laclau and Hardt and Negri

    Knott, A., 19 Oct 2016, Radical democracy and collective movements: the biopolitics of the multitude versus the hegemony of the people. Katsambekis, G. & Katsambekis, A. (eds.). Farnham, UK: Ashgate, p. 191-212 22 p.

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  • People in democracy

    Knott, A., 15 May 2014, Futures of democracy. Leijssenaar, B., Martens, J. & van der Zweerde, E. (eds.). Eindhoven, Netherlands: Wilde Raven, p. 146-164 19 p.

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